ELECTION 2021

Backtracking on her threat to run for governor as an independent, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, said Friday that she'll reluctantly participate in a GOP nominating convention even though she preferred a primary."I am going to fully seek the Republican nomination," Chase said in a video streamed on Facebook. "I'm...
Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, is running a hard-right campaign for governor, but before she takes on any Democrats, she’s battling leaders of her own party.The state GOP voted last weekend to select its candidate for governor in a convention rather than an open primary, prompting Chase to threaten to...
It’s obvious the state Republican Party has little faith the bulk of its followers will --- as the saying goes --- “do the right thing.”Why else would the leadership get twisted up in knots during debate about its gubernatorial nominating process for 2021, all so it could hamper state...
Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, filed paperwork this week establishing a fundraising committee for a gubernatorial campaign, but says he’s not yet decided whether he’ll enter the race.“I’ve still not 100 percent made a decision as to whether or not I’m running, but I did go ahead and file that...
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Terry McAuliffe are both part of the small club of Virginia’s living Democratic ex-governors and two of the most influential figures in state politics.While governor, McAuliffe appointed Anne Holton, Kaine’s wife, as his secretary of education.Kaine has also encouraged state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond,...
We’re about to see how serious Virginia is when it comes to advancing women in the highest elective offices in the commonwealth, and that’s particularly true for Democrats.After the briefest respite, Virginia politics revs back up and enters the national spotlight when we elect our 74th governor next year.Not...
In 2019, a blue wave swept away the GOP majority Kirk Cox presided over as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. But he prevailed in his own race despite steep odds in a newly redrawn district.Two years later, Cox is pointing to the victory as evidence he is...